Archive for June, 2011

June 26, 2011

« Ars sine scientia nihil » ~ Jean Vignon, gothic master builder, before the city fathers of Milan when asked for his advice about the continuation of the work on the marble dome (1392).

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June 26, 2011

« But the greatest thing of all is to be a master of the metaphor. It is the only thing which cannot be taught by others; and it is also a sign of original genius, because a good metaphor implies the intuitive perception of similarity in dissimilar things. » ~ Aristotle.

June 26, 2011

« In the operative Masons Guilds the Companion (second degree of initiation) received at the end of his probation period a personal “mason’s mark” or seal which remained for his life his sign or password. He had to draw and “prove” it when questioned on his peregrinations to other lodges (see “Studien uber Steinmetz-Zeichen by Franz Rziha). » ~ “The geometry of art and life”, Matila Ghyka.

June 26, 2011

« You will know, as far as it is allowed to a mortal, that Nature is from all points of view similar to itself. » ~ “Hieros logos”, Phythagoras of Samos.

June 26, 2011

« The most impressive “cubist” manifesto has been formulated by Plato in the Philebus: “But by beauty of shape I want you to understand not what the multitude generally means by this expression, like the beauty of living beings or of paintings representing them, but something alternatively rectilinear and circular, and the surfaces and solids which one can produce from the rectilinear and the circular, with compass, set-square and rule. Because these things are not, like the others, conditionally beautiful, but are beautiful in themselves”. » ~ “The geometry of art and life”, Matila Ghyka.

June 26, 2011

« Rhythmos and arithmos had the same root: rhein=to flow. » ~ “The geometry of art and life”, Matila Ghyka.

June 26, 2011

« Thought, take in its most general meaning to contain art, philosophy, religion, science, taken themselves in their most general acceptation, is the quest of invariance in a fluctuating world. » ~ C.J. Keyser.

June 26, 2011

« The work of scientist and artist alike is the presentation of form, pattern, structure, in material or in mental images. For the work of either to fulfill its end it must be communicable: the hearer, reader or beholder of the work of art must in the end find coherence and feeling from the images aroused in his own mind, and the verifier of the scientific theory must be able to reproduce in his own mathematics and experiments the measurable facts communicated. » ~ “Art and scientific thought”, Martin Johnson.

June 26, 2011

The city containing all the architectures that have ever been imagined but never built.

Venice Biennale

June 25, 2011

And also: “The telephone books” by Yto Barrada; “Stanzas” by Meris Angioletti; “Astrazione geografica” by Giorgia Fiorio; “Figura sul fiume” by Alessandra Giovannoni; “Avenues” by Luca Campigotto.